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Iran on verge of electricity shortage, again


Iranian Energy Ministry warned that, if citizens do not decrease electricity consumption, electrical outages will be inevitable, Jahanesanat daily quoted Iran’s Energy Ministry as saying.

Reserve power capacity at Iran’s power plants currently stands at 500 megawatts, which indicated a 3000 to 3500 megawatts fall compared to the first three weeks of the summer, the report said.

Iran’s electricity consumption has surpassed some 1 billion kilowatts per hour yesterday, which is a new record in Iran’s electricity consumption, Iran’s Deputy Energy Minister Mohammad Behzad said.

Average electricity consumption during first four months of current solar year(started on March 21) has increased by some 4 percent compared to the same period of last year, he said, adding that, during last month (June 22-July 22) this figure increased by 7.25 percent compared to the same month of last year.

According to the report, using of gas coolers and non-standard equipment is the main cause of the increase in electricity consumption.

If the consumption trend continues, electricity interruptions during the next few days will be inevitable.

“As first step, electricity supply for industry and export would be limited, and then the electricity supply to commercial and domestic customers will be interrupted,” he added.

Iran suffered from an electricity shortage only two years ago that forced the country into adopting a rationing program by scheduling power outages – of up to two hours a day – across both urban and rural areas.

5 Comments on "Iran on verge of electricity shortage, again"

  1. BillT on Sun, 28th Jul 2013 12:52 pm 

    Nothing here that the whole world is not going to experience soon.

  2. rollin on Sun, 28th Jul 2013 4:47 pm 

    Iran raised its electricity rates to 2 cents per kwh back in 2010 from less than a penny. I guess they did not raise it enough.

    How about diesel at 2 cents a liter, or gasoline at 12 cents a liter? Do you think these people have been getting fuel and electricity for nearly free compared to the developed world. Basically the industrial world has been subsidizing the Iranian power structure and paying way too much for their fuel.

    Iran is taking care of it’s people with millions of low cost housing units and refurbs of rural houses.

    Iran has an extremely large but undeveloped natural gas resource, so why not invest in nat gas drilling to supply their electricity? If they can develop nuclear and have a huge military presence, they can certainly develop their own resources. Apparently the big hydro dam was not enough.

  3. GregT on Sun, 28th Jul 2013 5:21 pm 

    Yes BillT,

    Coming to a place near all of us soon. Especially in North America. Most of our infrastructure was built back when we were still an industrial powerhouse. Much of that aging infrastucture, is in critical need of upgrades and maintenace. How many more extreme weather events will it take, until the ‘grid’ will no longer be repaired?

  4. jmm on Sun, 28th Jul 2013 9:54 pm 

    hebben ze dan toch echt die kerncentrale nodig.??

  5. rollin on Mon, 29th Jul 2013 3:59 pm 

    We don’t need more poorly designed nuclear power plants that use only 3 percent of the fuel and the rest gets to sit in poorly secured pools waiting for a storage solution that never happens.

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